Quebec-Toronto rail corridor: the CEO of VIA TGF reassures Trois-Rivières

Quebec-Toronto rail corridor: the CEO of VIA TGF reassures Trois-Rivières
Quebec-Toronto rail corridor: the CEO of VIA TGF reassures Trois-Rivières

“Trois-Rivières is an essential part of the project”: this statement from the president and CEO of VIA TGF, Martin Imbleau, is enough to convince the most skeptical about the city’s place in the Quebec-Toronto rail corridor.

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Mr. Imbleau made a speech to more than a hundred people gathered by the Trois-Rivières Chamber of Commerce and Industries on Wednesday. “Excellent conference, super inspiring!” said the general director of Tourisme Mauricie Valérie Therrien at the end of the meeting. “I felt a lot of determination, a lot of motivation,” added UQTR vice-rector for research and development Sébastien Charles. The mayor of Trois-Rivières Jean Lamarche, who was also able to meet Mr. Imbleau privately, is delighted with his coming to the region: “It gives confidence and then it allows you to believe that it will be true, for those who still doubted it .”

Where will the station be?

“The location of stations is super important and we have to think about it for future generations” first states Martin Imbleau. He adds that we should not rely on how the public has taken the train over the last 50 years, but rather on how they will take “the fast and electric train over the next 50 and 100 years.”

The historic station on Rue Champflour is not likely to be considered. The city center is also excluded, the aim being for the train to be fast. The Trois-Rivières Chamber of Commerce and Industries, which has been campaigning for such a project for 42 years, is delighted to see that speed is now being considered. “For the consumer to be able to choose to board the train, there must be a substantial saving. If it continues to take us 1h30 to get to Montreal, will we abandon the car to get to Montreal? The answer is no,” says its president Patrick Massicotte.

A strategic location for the Energy Transition Valley, for example Carrefour 40-55 or the Trois-Rivières airport, would be ideal. Without specifying any location for the moment, Mr. Imbleau explains that “it must be a regional station. It’s not just the Trifluvians who will benefit from it, so it must be positioned to maximize the number of users. We also have to look at interconnectivity, interconnection with the intermodal system.”

A more exact route should be known in December 2024. This is when VIA TGF will choose one of the projects developed by three different international consortiums.



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